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Monday, August 22, 2011

Angel's Landing

We are in Zion National Park in southern Utah. It's hot! Almost 100 degrees F, (37C), and we are taking some incredible hikes.

Today, we took the famous hike to Angel's Landing - so named because "only an angel could land on it." The route gains 1,500 feet of elevation in 2.5 miles and is characterized by steep drop offs - here is a poster warning of the danger. Six people have died here!

The view from below

It requires great physical stamina and is not recommended for those who have a fear of heights. In fact, neither Nathalie nor I made it all the way to the top - we stopped before the end of the trail when it gets very narrow and steep. The path is less than 1 meter wide in places.

There is a chain to hold on to, but it's still pretty scary --

especially since the path includes sheer cliffs on both sides. Here's what it looks like if you look down. See the small shuttle buses in the upper right corner of the picture?

I was very proud of Patrice who made it all the way to the top - shortly after his 67th birthday. "It's amazing what falling in love with a Colorado girl will do - I'd follow her anywhere." he said.

And here is a picture of a very happy Patrice with his souvenir pin that says: "I climbed Angel's Landing"


  1. heu un ti peu trop dur pour moi rien que de lire jsuis naze deja lol. bisoux à vous deux, et Pa stp take care hein ????? Flo

  2. Omg....I get dizzy just looking at the pictures! Glad you are having fun, and see you soon.
    Your Sis

  3. Hey Elaine,
    Just checking in to catch up on your adventures, and Paris tourist tips. And ROMANCE !!
    I am so happy for you and Patrice !!
    Hope we get to see you both when you return to Paris. We'll be back in Paris on the 24th.

  4. Nice to see Angel's Landing again, via your wonderful photos. I climbed most of the way when we went many years ago, but decided to hang out with a few squirrels while Bob went the rest of the way. Congratulations to Patrice for following you to the top!